Summary: This game is an icebreaker in which people write their first impressions of each other on a large piece of paper taped to their back. At First Sight, is also an entertaining party game. Suitable for players of age 13 and up.
Group size: 10 or more players.
Time: 15–30 minutes.
Materials: A large piece of paper or poster board for each participant, pens and sturdy tape.
How to play
At First Sight, is a fun game in which players write their first impressions of the people they meet. This game works well as an icebreaker at the beginning of a seminar when there are new people present, or when people don’t know each other that well. If some people already know each other, that’s fine too – people can simply write nice and encouraging words or adjectives to describe each other.
Before starting to play At the First Sight, large sheets of paper and writing materials are passed around. Each player has to write their name on the top of the paper. The sheets are taped to each player’s back so that they can’t see their own. Players are instructed to introduce themselves to each other and to discuss for a few moments. They then have to write an adjective (their “first impression” of the person they just spoke with) on each other’s papers. After this the players continue going around and getting to know new people, repeating the process.
After a while, each player should have several adjectives and descriptive words listed on their sheets. In the end, players introduce each other to everyone by reading the words written on their neighbour’s paper. This should be pretty much fun, and if people play the game correctly, lots of kind things should be said about each player.
Players should only write nice and encouraging words to the papers, such as “beautiful eyes” or “great sense of humor”. Writing mean, rude, or critical words is forbidden.
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